Friday, August 18, 2006

A Cure for all ills

Those who know my lastfm site would know my love for The Cure., and I'll touch here on what I believe to be their greatest work- 1989's Disintegration.

Over 70 minutes in length, this is without doubt the best album that I own. And now, the play-by-play breakdown:
  1. Plainsong: The soft music that opens this track, the bleak lyrics that go with it, the slow beat and rythym, it just all combines into a track that sums this album up before you've even listened to it... haunting, depressing, yet beautiful in so many ways. "It's so cold, cold like you're dead, and you smiled for a second..." 4 stars.
  2. Pictures of You: One of my favourite Cure songs of all time- indeed, one of my favourite songs of all time. It's so beautiful, so sad, so true of my life that it almost makes me cry. "I've been looking so long at these pictures of you, that I almost believe that they're real..." 5 stars.
  3. Closedown: This song to me conjurs up images of brittle, rusted lives, where a person has reached a point of their lives where they feel no need or desire to continue onwards. As depressing as that is, the song is a thing of beauty and delicate touches. In one of the best lyrics of the album, it ends with a glimmer of hope- "Always the need to feel again, the real belief of something more than mockery... if only i could fill, my heart with love." 4 stars.
  4. Love Song: "Whenever I'm alone with you, you make me feel like I am free again" A more uplifting, poppy sort of song than the previous ones on this album. Yet you'd never know it, the way Smith sings the song. Overplayed, overcovered, but still a great song. 4 stars.
  5. Last Dance: "... and even if we drink i don't think we would kiss in the way that we did when the woman was only a girl". Enough said. Growing older, moving on, past relationships being seen in a new light and past people also. All in one song. 4 stars.
  6. Lullaby: Honestly, could a more chilling and terrifying song be called lullaby? The strings, the soft voice of Smith, the brilliant production all round... "...and the spider man is always hungry" What else could you ask, besides COULD PEOPLE PLEASE STOP SAMPLING THIS SONG? 4 stars.
  7. Fascination Street: A great song, a dancier beat, yet no more uplifting than previous songs. Keeps the album rolling along whilst making people move their feet a bit. "But if you open your mouth, then I can't be responsible, for what quite goes in, or to care what comes out..." 4 stars.
  8. Prayers for Rain: "Your grip on me, your hold on me... so dull it kills- you stifle me..." Down on your knees, waiting for nature to share your mood, waiting to kill time with it, waiting for it to wash everything away... 4 stars.
  9. The Same Deep Water as You: Can a song about love be any more haunting? Dark, brooding, drowning lyrics akin to Pornography and Faith, yet with delicate touches in keeping with this album's general sound... "I will kiss you, I will kiss you, I will kiss you forever, on nights like this..." 4 stars.
  10. Disintegration: My favourite song on the album, the title track. Underrated and forgotten by all best-of compilations, ratings and critics. An unbelievable song that fuses lyrics, music and an overall feel unlike any other. And the TRUTH of it, god... " songs about happiness, murmured in dreams, when both of us knew... how the end always is... how the end always is..." It makes my body run with raw emotion just thinking about it. 5 stars.
  11. Homesick: From the stamping, dancing, crying, yelling, jumping of the title track into this, a downtempo and soft song, it just takes your emotions for a ride beyond anything imaginable. "My eyes are bursting hearts, in a bloodstained sky..." 4 stars.
  12. Untitled: A fine way to round out the album. Soft music to lead into the song for a while, then the lyrics of true regret- " but i never know if it's real... never know how i wanted to feel. Never quite said what i wanted to say to you, never quite managed the words to explain to you... never quite knew how to make them believable... and now the time has gone, another time undone" *shudder, wipe a tear away* And then more soft music to end the album, and make you reflect on a true masterpiece. 5 stars.
Well, that's some thoughts down on paper about this album. Since starting this post I listened to it again, and it got me again... like it does every time. Robert Smith, I thank you.

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